Would you like to have a children's book author or artist come to your school, library, university or organization? Would you like to have a children's book author do an online chat with your students? Would you like to know how to set up an author visit or an author chat? Find the answers on www.BalkinBuddies.com, and meet the authors and artists we represent here on the Balkin Buddies blog.
We hope you get a chance to see the March/April 2016 issue of Horn Book to enjoy their reflections on this beloved author. Elaine Scott is also available for speaking engagements. For details and to book her, just contact Balkin Buddies.
The Washington Wizards and Amtrak® Recognize Leaders of Three Community Organizations in Honor of Black History Month. In celebration of Black History Month, the Amtrak Pioneer Award was created by the Washington Wizards and Amtrak to honor African Americans in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area who have made outstanding contributions to the greater D.C. community. During halftime at the Wizards vs. Philadelphia game on Friday, February 5, the Wizards and Amtrak will present the awards to Eloise Greenfield, author of such titles as the Coretta Scott King Award winner AFRICA DREAM (HarperCollins) and the Coretta Scott King Honor book THE GREAT MIGRATION (HarperCollins); Linda Goler Blount, President and CEO of Black Women’s Health Imperative; and Selvon Malcolm Waldron, Executive Director of Life Pieces to Masterpieces. They are each pioneers in their own right, and their ongoing efforts to uplift their communities continue to enrich the Washington, D.C. area. Please join us in congratulating all the award-winners, but most especially to Eloise Greenfield, who has brought joy to innumerable young readers.
award list is sponsored by the Children's Literature and Reading Special
Interest Group of the International Literacy Association, and each year the
NBGS Committee chooses 25 books from all levels (pre-K to grade 12) that
reflect the broadest diversity and celebrate a wide variety of voices and
join us in congratulating Lesa and James, and if you would like one or both of
them to come to your school to talk about their books, just contact Balkin Buddies.
"Folktales and legends draw readers into this
informational book about our moon. They learn about ancient thinkers who
documented their observations about the moon, and how their discoveries kept
changing viewpoints. Other topics focus on the lunar landing, creation theory,
why study the moon and moon rocks, and contemporary discoveries and
explorations. The main text is supported by boxes of additional facts. Quick
facts enhance the text by expanding on the topics. Colorful images, crisp
photographs, and interesting diagrams balance and enrich the text; each image
is captioned. The author leaves readers with the description of the moon as an
exciting place, full of discoveries yet to be seen, and a source of expanding
knowledge. Bibliography. Glossary. Table of Contents. Index.
Eileen Wright, Reference Librarian, Montana State
University Billings Library, Billings, Montana"
Students will fine Elaine's presentations equally fascinating. For information on her school visits, just
visit or contact Balkin Buddies.